Herschel-ATLAS: the angular correlation function of submillimetre galaxies at high and low redshift

Maddox, S. J.; Dunne, L.; Rigby, E.; Eales, S.; Cooray, A.; Scott, D.; Peacock, J. A.; Negrello, M.; Smith, D. J. B.; Benford, D.; Amblard, A.; Auld, R.; Baes, M.; Bonfield, D.; Burgarella, D.; Buttiglione, S.; Cava, A.; Clements, D.; Dariush, A.; de Zotti, G.; Dye, S.; Frayer, D.; Fritz, J.; Gonzalez-Nuevo, J.; Herranz, D.; Ibar, E.; Ivison, R.; Jarvis, M. J.; Lagache, G.; Leeuw, L.; Lopez-Caniego, M.; Pascale, E.; Pohlen, M.; Rodighiero, G.; Samui, S.; Serjeant, S.; Temi, P.; Thompson, M. and Verma, A. (2010). Herschel-ATLAS: the angular correlation function of submillimetre galaxies at high and low redshift. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 518, article no. L11.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201014663


We present measurements of the angular correlation function of galaxies selected from the first field of the H-ATLAS survey. Careful removal of the background from galactic cirrus is essential, and currently dominates the uncertainty in our measurements. For our 250 μm-selected sample we detect no significant clustering, consistent with the expectation that the 250 μm-selected sources are mostly normal galaxies at z <~1. For our 350 μm and 500 μm-selected samples we detect relatively strong clustering with correlation amplitudes A of 0.2 and 1.2 at 1', but with relatively large uncertainties. For samples which preferentially select high redshift galaxies at z ~ 2-3 we detect significant strong clustering, leading to an estimate of r0 ~ 7-11 h-1 Mpc. The slope of our clustering measurements is very steep, δ ~ 2. The measurements are consistent with the idea that sub-mm sources consist of a low redshift population of normal galaxies and a high redshift population of highly clustered star-bursting galaxies.

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